Warm Weather Grass

The grasses on this page grow most actively during the warmer months and flower in late summer or fall.
Since they go completely dormant in winter, it's a good idea to plant before fall.

All Photos are courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

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ANDROPOGON

(Big Bluestem)

CALAMAGROSTIS

Indian Warrior
Zones 3-9
5-6'
This long-lived grass forms a tall, upright clump of green foliage that transitions to red then smoky purple by midsummer.  Bright orange-red pollen.


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Blackhawks
Zones 3-9
18-24" x 6'
Bright green blades and stems quickly turn rich purple and dark reds for a striking blended display.


PANICUM

(Switch Grass)

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Cheyenne Sky
Zones 4-9.
3'
This grass is great in containers since it forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that turns red in the fall.  Does well in beds as well.


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

The rest of the grasses on this page are Miscanthus

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Autumn Anthem
Zone 5
Feathery, cream plumes form on 5½' upright clumps.  Narrow white mid-rib.


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Autumn Light
Zones 4-9
3-4'
Good yellow fall color.  Very hardy and vigorous.


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Bandwidth
Zones 5-10
2-3'
Broad, bright gold bands span rich green blades horizontally.  Full, compact stands.


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Dixieland
Zone 5
4-5' green and white foliage has a compact growth with silky, pink plumes.  Also works well in containers.  


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Encore
Zones 5-9
6'
Perfect in northern climates.  Earlier bloomer with a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes.  Flowers turn to a creamy tan with a tall clump of dark green leaves with a white midrib.


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Giganteus
Zones 4-9
10'
Magnificent upright clumps of wide green leaves.  Flower stalks soar to 10'.
Light pink plumes mature to silver.  Won't self sow.


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Gracillimus
Zones 6-9
6-8'
Slender leaves; graceful arching habit.  The standard against which all others are measured.


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Huron Sunrise
Zone 45-6'
Profuse, full burgundy plumes sit atop white ribbed green leaves.


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Little Zebra
3-4'
Reliable reddish blooms, especially for the north.  Green leaves have gold bands and form a rounded shape.


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Malepartus
Zones 5-10
5-7'
Extraordinarily large, abundant blooms emerge purplish pink, then mature to silver.  Fall foliage changes through summer from green to bronze.


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Morning Light
4-5'
Elegant, narrow, fine, silvery green leaves appear to glow when backlit.  Arching clump topped with bronze red plumes.


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Oktoberfest
4-6'
Spiky textured foliage grows upright with pinkish copper blooms.


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Oligostachyus 'Purpurascens
Zones 5-9
4-5'
Reddish hue develops through summer; entire plant turns red in fall.


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Rigoletto
Zones 5-10
3-5'
Compact with strong, creamy-white stripes.  Outstanding in pots.


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Strictus Porcupine Grass
4-6'
Gold bands on green foliage, upright with pinkish copper blooms.


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Sarabande
Zone 4
5-6'
Very narrow foliage gets gold and copper colored seed heads in August.


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Silberfeder
(Silver Reed Grass)
Zone 4
6-7'
Large, feathery seed heads rise high above graceful arching mounds of deep green blades with silver midribs.  One of the most cold hardy of the species.


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Tiger Tail
Zones 4-9
5-7'
Strongly upright yellow banded leaves has a gracefully flowing stand.


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Zebrinus
Zone 5
8'
Gold horizontal bars on green leaves have an arching habit and pinkish copper blooms in September.


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